Jim Gray, Ex-Orange County Judge, Wins Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nod

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Following the selection this morning of ex-New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as their presidential nominee, Libertarian Party members gathered in Las Vegas named Orange County's Jim Gray as the party's vice presidential choice.

Gray--a well-respected, retired OC Superior Court judge--won 357 votes and, thanks largely to the Texas delegation, Lee Wrights came in second with 229.

Johnson had asked the convention to select Gray but heaped praise on the popular Wrights.

"You will never regret this," Gray told the crowd after his win. "I've never been so excited."

Gray--long known as a conservative, if independent Republican in OC political circles which was an odd place for one of the nation's most outspoken opponents of the so-called "War on Drugs"--said the goal is now to win in November.

He predicted that if Johnson is allowed to debate President Barack Obama and likely Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney "all bets are off" about conventional predictions on the inability of a third party to win the White House.

Before the party's VP vote, Dr. James Lark of Virginia called Gray "a superb choice."

David Bergland, the party's 1984 presidential nominee, praised Gray for once challenging "the evil Barbara Boxer" for U.S. Senate in California and said he "has done great work as a Libertarian."

During his own pre-victory speech, Gray said it is time "for third parties to rise up" and challenge the status quo.

"We are a political party, not a philosophical debate society," Gray told an enthusiastic crowd. "The purpose of a political party is to enter candidates and win elections."

He also named deceased, free-market economist Milton Friedman "my hero," called for more "choice in school," blasted the acceptance of military torture against terrorism suspects, belittled the income tax system and blamed federal government regulation for the nation's "loss of prosperity."

Go HERE to read my coverage of Johnson's victory this morning in Las Vegas.

Go HERE to read one of my prior articles about Judge Gray and his efforts to legalize marijuana.

Obama officially launched his 2012 presidential campaign today at The Ohio State University and later at Virginia Commonwealth University by claiming he's "kept my promises."

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Jawahar Mohanty
Jawahar Mohanty

The 2 party system is obsolete, it is not in the best interest of the people of the United States. As along as the 2 party system is in place we will have a system that doesn't follow our Constitution and does what's in the best interest of the corporations or that elected official without what's in the best interest of the people of that elected official's district he or she represents.  

Belief in the 2 party system is against what's in the best interest of the CITIZENS of the United States.  Having a fair platform with multiple parties getting the same exposure on a national level with debates ect, will only expose the issues we have in our country today.  

More choice is a MUST in a fair elections environment.  Our current laws with who gets to debate and the system that's in place with media control only goes to show how we are not free from a real choice but lead to believe we have freedom.  Suppressing alternative choices only suppresses TRUE FREEDOM

Lynn C. Doyle
Lynn C. Doyle

The Libertarian Party is a better choice than a Demican and Republicrat.  NO, I didn't make a mistake in the spelling of the names; they just happen to be basically the same .  Libertarianism is a choice.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Friedmanism, school privatization, etc.

Same oppressor, different ideological "disguise"

Bill T.
Bill T.

As far as I can tell, they don't get past "I should get do do what I want as, long as I think it doesn't hurt anyone else". Following it a bit further, what happens when doing what you want gets in the way of doing what I want. Since they think we should all be packing, shoot it out, I guess.

Bryan
Bryan

 I meant to agree, equal platforms for all parties.  Screw all the major media outlets.

Matt
Matt

Bill,

Certainly having the freedom to choose how you live is preferable to someone else telling you how to live.  The government is too involved in private matters of property, health, lifestyle choices, faith, and freedom.  Libertarianism at its core is about government trusting people to make their own decisions, good or bad, while still living under the law and being responsible and productive members of society. 

Jawahar Mohanty
Jawahar Mohanty

Agreed and an equal platforms with the same media time with major networks would be the true and fair system that isn't in place but people like Valentia believe we have a fair system in place and believes it's acceptable to outcast other parties.   

Valentia
Valentia

OK, it's all gibberish. Does that sound better?

Jawahar Mohanty
Jawahar Mohanty

This isn't babble they are points that are serious.  It's funny that this is your response because it's far from babble in fact these statements are critical to your comment so much you had to respond and the only thing you can come up with is babble. weak

Valentia
Valentia

Sir, you are babbling here. Just babbling.

Jawahar Mohanty
Jawahar Mohanty

Ignorant on all accounts here.  You lump Libertarians as some crazy anti tax group with ridiculous examples.  1. The world isn't Libertarians vs everyone else sorry because I'm not a Libertarian and I would never want to be lumped into a group with you considering your stated beliefs.2. Elected officials weather we voted for them or not do NOT represent a Voice of the people.  They represent the VOICE of the corporations and a voice for what is their best interest for re-election3. DMV ect:  This is a crooked system in place where reasonable ideology doesn't occur what occurs is a system that over charges people for so called infractions and on top of that ads multiple taxes for so called infractions on top of that.  Unjustified taxes without representation is now the norm in this country by our government (remember US)

 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Repeating the mantra of libertarianism in no way refutes my point about taking the concept to it's logical conclusion. There are places you're going to have choices and others you won't. If you think we live in an authoritarian system you should try living in a truely repressive state for a while. The PRC, Cuba, Saudia Arabia, (dare I say?) North Korea, Taiwan, ...

What I see isn't people talking about making improvements (no system can't stand improvement), but rather they are advocating throwing out the baby with the dishwater.  There are excesses in enforcement of environmental laws? Git rid of the EPA!

Valentia
Valentia

Our government (us, remember?) does allow us to decide for ourselves. It's called democracy. We decided, for example, that we needed money to finance a federal retirement program for people who'd reached the end of their working lives. We decided that those same people needed free health care; and the poor as well. So we all chipped in, me, you everybody -- taxed ourselves, if you will -- and created three massive insurance plans called Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (we're all policy holders, yourself included). We decided that we wanted clean air and clean water, police, firefighters, a postal service, a DMV, unemployment and welfare benefits, and quite a few more "entitlements." We decided that we were entitled to those entitlements not only because people needed them, but because we were the wealthiest country on the planet and we could afford them. Libertarians and the antitax lunkheads don't get a vote on this, because we've already voted through our political representatives. So if Libertarians don't like what the rest of us have decided to do with our money, perhaps they'd be happier in a country with no entitlements. The Sudan comes to mind. That's as Libertarian as it gets.

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